Sunday, May 16, 2021 — 10:15 p.m.
Registration for 2021 Season NOW CLOSED; Season Starts This Week
Registration for the Lynnfield Men’s Over-40 Softball League’s 2021 season has been closed.
The new year starts this week with a slate of three games — all played on the boys baseball field behind Lynnfield High School at 6:30 pm:
- Tuesday, May 18: Blue @ Green
- Wednesday, May 19: Black @ Red
- Thursday, May 20: Navy @ Maroon
Regarding COVID-19, as a league we will, of course, continue to support and strictly adhere to all town, state, and federal guidelines and decisions regarding necessary safety and health considerations — including providing hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, practicing social distancing, etc. Additionally, each team has their own dedicated catcher’s mask.
Looking forward to having an enjoyable season with old friends and also making new friends.
John D. DeLuca, Jr. was the founding commissioner and driving force behind the Lynnfield Men’s Over-40 Softball League for many years of its early existence, as well as being a beloved member of the Green Team. It was his vision to establish a social-based sports endeavor, whereby a bunch of middle-aged guys could have the opportunity to get together outdoors one night a week during the nice weather, whack a ball around for a bit, have some fun, pretend they were athletes again, expand their friendships and network of contacts, and – as Billy Joel sang in “Piano Man” – forget about life for a while.
John’s outgoing personality, perpetual grin, infectious laugh, and sense of humor — combined with his warm and spirited greeting of “Hey, buddy!” to all — made him a natural leader and a friend to virtually everyone he encountered in all corners of his life. This was never more evident than the outpouring of support he received after being diagnosed with leukemia, and the hundreds of people who participated in the subsequent bone marrow drive that was conducted in an attempt to save his life.
John fought a very valiant battle, but ultimately succumbed to this disease on June 21, 2008, at the much too young age of 53.
What he started and tirelessly nurtured for all those years has been bequeathed to all of us to sturdily build on and take forward.
To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.